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Two Bodies Recovered From Harbor

March 15, 2004|From Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The bodies of two of the three passengers missing since a water taxi capsized nine days ago were pulled Sunday from the murky waters of the city's Inner Harbor, officials said.

The bodies of Andrew Roccella, 26, and 6-year-old Daniel Bentrem, both of Virginia, were recovered Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief William Goodwin.

Corinne Schillings, 26, of Alexandria, Va., who planned to marry Roccella, remained missing.

"I feel we will be successful in that third attempt, finding Corinne, and then our job will be complete," Goodwin said.

Sonar equipment detected the bodies Sunday. They were found "a couple hundred feet" from where the survivors were rescued, at the bottom of a 60-foot-deep shipping channel that has been closed during the search, Goodwin said.

The Seaport Taxi flipped over March 6 in a thunderstorm with sharp wind gusts, sending all 25 people on board into chilly, choppy water.

Two other people died after they were rescued.

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